Where do you have a sanctuary, a place to slow down, relax, and recover your life energies?
Some people may be surprised to find out that my favourite yoga pose is shivasana, the final resting pose where you lie down on your back and do nothing.
But there is a reason for this: it was in shivasana that I discovered what yoga is all about: the experience of union. It was in shivasana that I found my inner sanctuary – a place of deep calm and tranquility within.
It was only a few years ago that I was working 70 hours a week. I had become so used to stress that I stopped noticing it. Stress was my reality, so I didn’t question it. I turned to alcohol to stop thinking and find a moment of relief from the intensity of life.
I lived like this for 6 years: a workaholic and an alcoholic.
When things were close to a breaking point, I turned to yoga, and it was at the end of my first class, in shivasana, that I felt something inside of me let go. Suddenly I realized that tears were streaming down my face, and I couldn’t stop them. I was crying because I hadn’t felt so at peace in months, if not longer.
That day marked the beginning of a new journey for me – into yoga, and meditation, and it allowed me to reconnect to my own passion, music.
I’m grateful beyond words for all the teachers that have helped me on this journey. And I’m grateful beyond words to have the opportunity to help others find their own inner sanctuary – whether through yoga, meditation, or sound.
This picture was taken yesterday at Mula (@mulayogato), where I had the chance to debut my new Saraz handpan (@day raz.handpan) in a Restorative Yoga + Sound class.
Seeing the calm, relaxed expressions on everyone’s face at the end of the class reminded me of how much we all need to make time each day to dwell within the space of our inner sanctuary.
Thanks for the wonderful people who were there (@theawakenedaphrodite @evapz and many others!). I can't wait for the next class!